Born on September 5, 1965, Laurens van den Acker studied at the University of Technology in Delft (Netherlands), where he obtained a Master of Engineering at the Faculty of Industrial Design. He began his career in 1990 as a designer at Design System srl in Turin (Italy). In 1993, he moved to Audi as an Exterior Designer in the Ingolstadt Design Center in Germany. He then joined in 1996, SHR Perceptual Management in Newbury Park (USA) as a Senior Designer.
In 1998, he was hired by the Ford Motor Cie in the USA and was appointed Chief Designer of the Brand Imaging Group in Irvine, California. In 2003, he was put in charge of the Ford Escape Platform as its Chief Designer in the Dearborn Design Center in Michigan (USA).
His next position, in 2005, was Chief Designer of Strategic Design. Since 2006, he has been the General Manager of Mazda Design in Hiroshima in Japan where he has been in charge of Corporate
He joined Renault on May 15, 2009 and entered the Management committee on January 2010.